St. Paul’s Refugee Working Group


By Sandra Seaborn, Associate Priest

Posted on January 13, 2016

While the pictures of refugees have vanished from the front pages, the need remains and St. Paul’s is committed to doing its part to help. St. Paul’s is preparing to support a refugee family of up to six people.

Behind the scenes we are getting ready. From a combination of sources, we have received the majority of the funds necessary to proceed. A core steering group has been formed and a budget drafted. Core group members have attended training and completed various paperwork including police checks. We are now in the queue to be assigned a family. We have been told the wait time is about two to three months.

In the meantime, the group is learning about local government services, researching housing areas, considering translation services, preparing a welcome binder and getting cross-cultural training.

Once we are assigned a family, they will be placed in temporary housing (a basement apartment has been generously offered by a member of St. Paul's) until a lease can be secured. The core group will work with the family to open a bank account, get oriented to Toronto, find appropriate English proficiency classes and rent an apartment. When a move in date is set, we will solicit for new or gently used household item donations. Check the What’s Happening for more details as they arise.

In the meantime, do continue to pray for all refugees: those living in camps, those waiting for placements, those separated from family, those unable to work or go to school, and those hungry, cold or scared. Pray too for those receiving refugees: for open hearts, for hands that support, and for secure places of welcome and hope.